Kranjcar ‘would take massive drop in wages’

Harry Redknapp is certain Niko Kranjcar would take a sizeable pay cut to sign for QPR and would improve the squad.

Kranjcar, 30, spent last season on loan at Loftus Road from Dynamo Kiev and is desperate to leave the Ukrainian club.

Redknapp wants him back and Rangers officials have spoken to Dynamo in an attempt to secure the Croatia international’s return.

“They’re talking to his club. They’re looking looking to do a deal,” manager Redknapp confirmed.

“He’d like to come and would take a massive drop in his wages to come back here. He enjoys it here and he’s a good lad and a good player.

“Niko would improve the squad. If he’s free I think there’s a deal to be done with his club over wages.

“He wants to come back here and he can play Premier League football there’s no doubt about it.”

Redknapp has long intended to sign Kranjcar, who also played under him at Tottenham and Portsmouth, on a permanent basis this summer.

He previously suggested the player would need to prove his fitness after a series of hamstring problems – Kranjcar missed the World Cup after being injured in May’s play-off final against Derby.

But Redknapp insisted: “He’s okay. We’ll need to get him fit – it’s the Premier League so we’ll need to get him up and running – but his ability is not in question.

“They’re the type of players you need – people with a bit of quality who can really play.

“If he comes back and gets in good shape he’ll be a big asset to us.”

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